Haley Reinhart, the 20-year-old American Idol semi-finalist, says she is "mad" at the show's judges for criticising her performance on last night's show, reports E! Online. Haley Reinhart's bluesy cover of Michael Jackson's 'Earth Song' was met with hostile comments from Jennifer Lopez and co, while the other contestants were lauded for their efforts.
In a rare show of negativity from this year's judges, Reinhart was criticised for her song choice and delivery. Lopez remarked, "James comes out and he sets the bar. You gotta think about that when you choose the songs", while Jackson echoed the comments, saying, "The song needed you to deliver it. This was Michael Jackson's pinnacle". Reinhart attempted to defend herself, saying, "I just felt it", but Steven Tyler replied, "It wasn't a hit song". The singer was reportedly "even angrier" when the cameras stopped rolling, "stalking off the stage and barely acknowledging the audience". Speaking after the show, Reinhart said, "Yeah I'm mad. Everybody else gets good feedback, and they really let me have it. They don't feel bad for me. Never have, never will. I got a little upset because that song is downright inspiring and emotional. No matter what, that hit me to the heart". During the advertisement break, host Ryan Seacrest and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe ran over to Jackson to speak with him, but the judge laughed, "threw up his hands" and said, "What am I supposed to do?".
After the harsh criticism, Haley Reinhart looks likely to leave the competition on tonight's results show. Lauren Alaina, Scotty Mccreery and James Durbin all delivered strong performances last night and were praised by the judges.